Research Papers

Experimental Analysis of Overall Thermal Properties of Parabolic Trough Receivers

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Eckhard Lüpfert

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Cologne 51170, Germanye.luepfert@dlr.de

Klaus-J. Riffelmann

 Flagsol GmbH, Cologne, Germany

Henry Price, Frank Burkholder

 National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO 80401-3393

Tim Moss

 Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

J. Sol. Energy Eng 130(2), 021007 (Mar 10, 2008) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2888756 History: Received September 21, 2006; Revised November 16, 2007; Published March 10, 2008

The heat loss of a receiver in a parabolic trough collector plays an important role in collector performance. A number of methods have been used to measure the thermal loss of a receiver tube depending on its operating temperature. This paper presents methods for measuring receiver heat losses including field measurements and laboratory setups both based on energy balances from the hot inside of the receiver tube to the ambient. Further approaches are presented to measure and analyze the temperature of the glass envelope of evacuated receivers and to model overall heat losses and emissivity coefficients of the receiver. Good agreement can be found between very different approaches and independent installations. For solar parabolic trough plants operating in the usual 390°C temperature range, the thermal loss is around 300Wm receiver length.

Copyright © 2008 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Figure 1

Example of temperature distribution

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Figure 2

Test bench for thermal receiver loss testing at DLR and interior view

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Figure 3

Design of a new receiver thermal loss test bench at NREL

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Figure 4

EuroTrough collector and test loop at Plataforma Solar de Almería

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Rotating platform test facility at Sandia, NM

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Collected data sets from different tests for thermal losses of parabolic trough receivers

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Figure 7

SEGS VI receiver survey results



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